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City, County Officials To Discuss Executive Order, 4th Of July Celebration Next Week

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No decision has been made yet regarding the 4th of July celebration scheduled to be hosted downtown on Independence Day. City and county officials are slated to meet together at the first part of next week to discuss the local impact of Executive Order GA-28, with decisions to be made afterward.

Some groups and entities announced additional cancelations and postponement of events and activities Friday, following Governor Abbott’s announcement. All activities planned this weekend on the square by City of Sulphur Springs have been canceled.

Executive Order GA-28 issued Friday morning by the Governor again closed bars starting at 12 p.m. June 26 and reduces occupancy limitations for certain other businesses and large gatherings. Occupancy for restaurants, for example, will be reduced from 75 to 50 percent occupancy, beginning June 29.

Outdoor gatherings in excess of 100 people are also prohibited by the order, unless approved by local governments provided exceptions consistent with the order.

That brings into question whether the Independence Day Celebration will be allowed. The July 4 event planned by Hopkins County would be free to the public and include a fireworks show and musical entertainment.

Both city and county officials are expected to meet Monday to discuss the local impact of Executive Order GA-28, with any decisions to follow. The Independence Day celebration is expected to be discussed during the meeting.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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